City to hold two streamside protection input workshops

As part of an effort to develop a streamside protection ordinance, the City of Fayetteville plans to host two public education and input workshops on March 6 and March 10.

The Nutrient Reduction Plan, completed in April 2009 as part of an agreement with Beaver Water District and the City of Fayetteville, recommends the development and implementation of a streamside protection ordinance. This ordinance is part of a series of recommendations which officials say is designed to reduce pollution in all of the city’s waterways in order to improve the health of our streams and reduce the costs of treating drinking water.

College Branch

The workshops will include an educational presentation, a policy discussion and a short field trip to College Branch, a local stream that is part of the Town Branch of the Middle Fork of the White River.

For those unfamiliar, College Branch flows underneath Reynolds Razorback Stadium and Bud Walton Arena and emerges briefly before heading under MLK Blvd. and through the Town Branch Neighborhood before meeting with the Town Branch.

Some of the questions city staff will ask attendees include:

  • What streams should have some sort of buffer protection?
  • What activities should be allowed or prohibited in the protected areas?

Attendees will need to provide their own transportation to the stream site and should wear appropriate clothing for walking along a stream bank. The presentations will be held in room 111 of the City Administration Building located at 113 W. Mountain St.

Date: Saturday, March 6
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Place: Room 111, City Administration Building

Date: Wednesday, March 10
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Place: Room 111, City Administration Building